Originally Posted by Woods
I think Coples would play better as a 43 end as well.
You are probably right that the Cowboys prefer Brockers over Poe, Cox, and Coples, but nevertheless, while Brockers is intruiging, I don't think he's going to bring much of a pass rush. Yes, I think he can help control the LOS, set the edge, hopefully push the pocket, but I don't see him as a dynamic player.
Now, there's nothing wrong with the skill set I mentioned above. And to have a successful 34 defense, it is necessary.
My issue is does that player have to be the 14th overall pick in the NFL Draft?
Why not get a more dynamic player at 14? Or at least more of a sure thing. There are a lot of projections that Brockers will develop into more of a pass rusher, etc. Maybe he will, but it doesn't seem that is necessarily his best set of skills.
I hear you, and I see what you mean for sure. I have been against drafting any of these defensive linemen due to the risk in all of them and due to the significant risk of drafting the position in round 1, especially for a team like Dallas. Plus, there will be other cleaner players on the board who meet significant needs. If someone forced me to choose one, I'd choose Michael Brockers, though. I'd take the purest 34 5 technique who has the most upside and hope the coaches could turn him into a disruptive pass rusher.
This is just my opinion, but I think Dallas' top 4 players at 14 will be:
- S VS Brodney Poole (1 year deal) and Gerald Sensabaugh
- 5 technique VS Kenyon Coleman
- CB VS Mike Jenkins (walk year and coming off injury)
- C VS Costa, Nagy, and Kowalski
Dallas could use all of those players, but perhaps, they could nab 2 if they draft a defensive player first and trade back into round one and draft Peter Konz. Tennessee could look at Konz, and Green Bay and Baltimore are threats to take him for sure, especially Baltimore. I think the drop-off from Konz to Blake/Jones is very significant, and I believe Callahan wants Konz to solidify the offensive line for a reason. Konz is the day one starter at center, and he solidifies the offensive line at center.
All 4 of those guys are good players, but I do see Brockers as the highest risk among the 4 due to his raw inexperience.